Defence Minister AK Antony on Monday asked top scientists of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to focus on high-end technology and critical sectors besides desisting from taking up too many projects.
Antony, who chaired a meeting of DRDO Research Council here this evening, asked the top scientists to help the country achieve self-reliance in strategic fields, a Defence Ministry press release said in New Delhi.
Asking them to set a goal of achieving 70 per cent indigenisation in defence products from the current level of 30 per cent within 10 years, he said "over dependence on foreign suppliers is not conducive to national security in critical times."
The Defence Minister favoured involvement of Public Sector Undertakings and the Private Sector for the transformation and paradigm change of Defence industry in the country.
He asked the Defence scientists to have continuous interaction and build synergy with the Armed Forces for greater success and acceptance of the products by the latter.
Antony also asked the top brass to decentralise and delegate decision-making to the numerous laboratories across the country, as far as possible.
He told them to give special attention to the quality of products and their timely delivery.
The DRDO Research Council consists of the Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister M Natarajan, eight Chief Controllers (R&D), Additional Financial Advisor and three distinguished Scientists.
The body is responsible for providing directions and guidance for executing Research and Technology projects in different disciplines by over 50 laboratories of DRDO.